When I went through one of the most difficult seasons of my life, my dearest mentors would not recommend any books to me. But I love books! I wanted advice on how to grow and wisdom on what to do. I wanted to change, improve, and control the situation; I thought books would help me get through the struggle faster.
But my friends just smiled and shook their heads. Nope. We have no book recommendations for you.
Instead, they advised me to come to God every day and ask one question: “What do you want me to do with my heart today, Lord?”
They said I could – should – have only one book open: the Bible. And should wait for God’s guidance, correction, comfort, and teaching.
So for 40 days, that’s all I did: I’d ask the Lord my question and seek His answer through Scripture and through the Holy Spirit’s guidance in my heart.
Now, many years later, I can see that Jesus provided for me and helped me to grow in marvelous ways that no other resource or human being could have done. How grateful I am for that advice: to daily seek God.
I still love helpful books (and have benefited from many, many!), but I needed to remind myself today that God Himself is my counselor and His Word is the perfect light for my path.
Human wisdom is helpful to a degree, but daily fellowship with God is life changing.
Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah – Psalm 62:8
“Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.”